Classical 91.5

Pipedreams with Michael Barone

Sundays, 8 to 10pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at
  • Hosted by Michael Barone

Pipedreams, which began production in 1982, remains the only nationally-distributed weekly radio program exploring the art of the pipe organ.  Host and senior executive producer Michael Barone has been recognized nationally for his outstanding contributions to the world of organ music.  Michael brought Pipedreams to Rochester in 2009 and again in 2016, recording Pipedreams Live programs featuring students and faculty from the Eastman School of Music in one of the most "remarkably popular and successful weekend organ festivals" ever.

In April 2016, Michael Barone brought Pipedreams Live to Rochester, where Justin LaVoie was guest performer on the mighty Wurlitzer organ at the Auditorium Theatre for the Rochester Theater Organ Society.

1/7       A Belgian Bounty  Assessing the historic instrumental resources of the Flemish and Waloon regions of Belgium.

1/14      Old Spanish Music in the New World  Focusing on Robert Bates’ new recording of Correa’s Facultad Organica.


12/3     More Finnished Business  In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence (December 6, 1917), we focus on Finnish composers, performers, and Finnish-built instruments.
12/10    Organ and Orchestra  Ever since Bach and Handel, this combination of instruments has continued to engage and excite.
12/17    An American Organist’s Christmas Soloists, composers and instrument builders all around our country celebrate the holiday season.


From the Reformation to a Bountiful Harvest, organ lovers give thanks for organists and composers who write for the pipe organ.

This month Pipedreams presents two programs from the April 2016 Pipedreams Live concerts from Christ Church in downtown Rochester.

Jared Lamenzo, organist at the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in Manhattan, plays the parish's 1868 Henry Erben Pipe Organ for these young organ enthusiasts. 

This summer eleven children took part in the first every summer music camp "Pipes, Pedals and Peals" where they learned about the history of the organ, had lessons in playing the violin and handbell chimes, and got to build a miniature replica of the Erben organ from a special kit, helping them understand the functioning of the organ.

September 2017 Pipedreams Programs

Aug 28, 2017
Pipedreams Photo Gallery

9/3        Concert Pieces  A special segment of the repertoire dedicated to the display of a performer’s skill and an instrument’s resources.

9/10      O How Glorious   Common sense tells us that the pipe organ’s most important ‘stop’ is the room in which it speaks.

9/17      From Royal Albert Hall  A BBC Proms concert focusing on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, with newly commissioned scores and traditional repertoire, too.

August 2017 Pipedreams Programs

Jul 31, 2017

8/6        Partita Time!  With varied textures and tone colors, these multi-movement scores showcase instruments and players equally.

  8/13      At the Sydney Town Hall  Resident musician Robert Ampt introduces us to the most famous historic organ in the southern hemisphere.

8/20      Toccata, Again!  Whether fiery demonstrations of tactile agility or thoughtful meditations on cosmic principals, this genre provides a touchstone for the organist’s art.

Twenty-six year old Thomas Gaynor has won first prize in the St. Albans International Organ Festival Competition. Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Gaynor is a doctoral student of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music, and is the Assistant Director of Music at Christ Church in Pittsford.

Held every two years in the historic suburb of London, the two-week long, multi-round competition ended on Saturday night. Three finalists each gave a solo recital, and then played a concerto with the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra at St. John’s Smith Square in London.

July 2017 Pipedreams Programs

Jun 29, 2017
Festival d'orgue de Montréal

  7/2        A Montreal Organ Festival    A salute to the upcoming combined conventions of the Royal Canadian College of Organist and the American Guild of Organists.

7/9        American Tapestry    Whether picturesque or provocative, these composers weave an intriguing spell.

7/16      An Australian Adventure  A sampler of some of the sounds you’ll enjoy when participating in the upcoming Pipedreams Group Tour ‘down under’.

June 2017 Pipedreams Programs

May 29, 2017

6/4        Hey, Louis, Louis A tribute to the memory of composer Louis Vierne (1870-1937), master of the Cavaillé-Coll organ at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

6/11      Pipedreams Live! at the Meyerson Symphony Center Adventuresome repertoire is explored by
four outstanding Texas organ soloists.

6/18      Father Knows Best Equalizing any potential clergy/musician power struggle, our performers here all are men of the cloth.